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Blue Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus

Description:

We watched a large herd of wildebeest at a waterhole with zebra & warthogs in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Habitat:

Ngorongoro crater

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11 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

It is a wonderful place Gina!

Gina423
Gina423 9 years ago

I've been there. It's amazing!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

You really had a very valuable experience!
BTW thanks for the info on the elephants.
I am assuming that the game wardens are around to see that do not suffer too much when they are dying of starvation. That is a kind of slow death!
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KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

I seem to recall that the area was the site of a huge volcano that imploded a few million years ago. I'm sure he did tell us a lot more info but the only notes I took were on the wildlife!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

When you were in the Serengeti did the tour guide tell you about the history of it?
Thanks for sharing you experience .it's great to hear it from somebody who has been there,

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Yes, we spent a couple of days at Lake Manyara reserve, 3 days in Serengeti & a day in Ngorongoro. Before that we did a 5 day trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,344 ft) the highest mountain in Africa, which was an awesome experience!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Wild Life has it hard!
Did you see the Serengeti too?

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

I think it's about 100 miles from Serengeti but the road was terrible so the drive took about 4 hours. On of the really cool things about Ngorongoro is because it is a crater, the herds in there don't migrate so you get to see the wildebeest & zebra all year round. It's also a bit of an elephant graveyard as the old bull elephants go there once they are on the their last set of teeth (elephants have 6 sets that last about 10 years each) because the vegetation down there is very lush so it's easier for them to chew & digest. Once the last teeth wear out they basically starve so there are lots of elephant skulls around which was kind of eerie.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

It is part of the Serengeti or is it near the Serengeti?

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

It's a really amazing place. There is just so much wildlife & it is really peaceful because they limit the number of visitors.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

it's awesome that you could see the Ngorongoro crater.

KarenL
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Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Nov 1, 2008
Submitted on Aug 18, 2011

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